Sun  ID: 11517

Graceful Eruption

On April 2, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

This video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the flare in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light: 304 angstroms and 171 angstroms, colorized in red and yellow, respectively.

For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/content/20140402-nasa-releases-images-of-m6.5-class-solar-flare/#.Uz7VE8fdGE4


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